First Released: 2000
Commentary: Not to be mistaken with Bill Withers’s Greatest Hits or even the 1994 best-of with which it shares its name, Lean on Me nevertheless shares much with those two earlier retrospectives–notably the likes of such ’70s soul-pop gems as the title track, “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day,” and “Use Me.” Like the earlier Lean on Me, this remastered selection includes 18 tracks, 13 of which overlap with the ’94 set. …The singer’s warm vocals and wise lyrics have held up splendidly through the years, making him a likely candidate for periodic rediscovery. This anthology stands as the title of choice for the next wave of soul fans Withers wins over.
–Steven Stolder (Amazon.com)